Hot Composting Unit
With the adoption of the Waste Management and Minimisation Strategy Council adopted a Zero Waste 2040 vision for Ruapehu. A critical aspect of this journey is for Ruapehu residents to minimise the volume of refuse being sent to landfill.
The closure of the district landfill in Taumarunui in October 2020 and rising Government Waste Levy Charges makes this even more important as all landfill waste now needs to be trucked to Hampton Downs south of Auckland.
With audits of pink kerbside rubbish bags showing that on average over half of most bags are filled with food and other compostable material taking this out of the landfill waste stream will save ratepayers a lot of money while helping to protect our environment.
In response Council has introduced kerbside food waste collection alongside blue bin recycling and rubbish bag collection.
The collected food waste and other organic material will be processed into high grade compost at a Hot Composting Unit (HCU) at the Taumarunui Transfer Station site.
The service is available to everyone on kerbside rubbish and recycling collection at no additional cost.
See your local Council office for the food-scrap collection kit.
What is a Hot Composting Unit (HCU)?
Council's HCU is based on a HCU in operation at Raglan. The video below shows how the Raglan HCU works which is the same for here in Ruapehu.